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Trustee

Thank you for wanting to find out more about becoming a trustee of SJMT (Sir Josiah Mason Trust).  We have been providing services for over 150 years and one of the charities who joined our family last year dates back to 1650. 

Trustees fill an essential role in ensuring our Trust improves the lives of vulnerable people in Birmingham and Solihull.  We we are particularly looking for people with expertise or an interest in the following areas and we actively encourage applicants who represent the diversity of our region:

  • Deputy Chair
  • Finance
  • Housing Development

A trustee is a member of our Board. The Board is the group that ensures our charity:

  • has a clear set of goals or strategy
  • is making sure the action to achieve those goals is being taken
  • meets its legal and financial obligations

SJMT is also a company limited under guarantee, so trustees are also directors of the charity.

We understand that people become trustees for a wide range of reasons including giving back to your local community, having personal experience of some of the issues the Trust seeks to address, wanting to enhance your employment prospects or even to help you find out about the voluntary sector before making a career change. Whatever your reason, as you fulfil your role with us in action and spirit, we will support you in your goals.

What is important to us is that we find the right people, with the abilities and experiences we need as the charity moves forward in testing times for the charity sector.

Being a trustee of SJMT will put you at the centre of the organisation, helping us to make a difference to hundreds of people every year.

We hope you’ll consider joining us.

What are we looking for?

Person specification:

  • Be 16 or over.
  • Must not be disqualified under the Charities Act, unless this disqualification has been waived by the Charity Commission.
  • Must satisfy the requirements of the Fit & Proper Persons Test.
  • A demonstrable commitment to the Trust and its objects.
  • Able and willing to devote the necessary time and energy to the Trust.
  • A track-record of developing strategy and thinking creatively
  • Fair, independent judgment and a willingness to speak their mind
  • An ability to work collaboratively and collectively, accepting consensus.

It is also important that we are looking for people who can demonstrate the seven Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Currently the Board meets every three months, for about 2 hours: you are expected to attend. It is also expected that you prepare for the meeting by reading and thinking about Board papers before you arrive. This should take no more than about two hours. Board meetings are usually on a weekday morning. There is also an annual strategy day and an Annual General Meeting (this typically follows the September Board meeting).

In addition, all Trustees are also invited to attend the Finance and Performance Committee.  This also meets quarterly on a weekday and last for approximately 2 hours.  There are also other opportunities for those interested to be designated responsibility to attend a Staff Forum, Residents Forum or to use any particular skills on time limited projects (Task & Finish groups). Recent examples include: Housing Development Strategy Group.

We are committed to ensuring that we have a strong mix of different skills, backgrounds and experience on our Board. We want the Board to reflect better the communities and people our charity serves, so we would welcome trustees who are a part of the local community, maybe having been involved in community leadership in some way.

What difference will you make?

Being a trustee can be rewarding and enjoyable. It is a great way to be involved in a community or a cause that matters to you and to contribute to change in your community for the better. At SJMT, we make a difference to the lives of people in need, be this older people who are isolated and lonely or young people who have not had the opportunities their peers may have had. You will bring your knowledge, expertise and passion to help guide our organisation so that we can achieve our vision, mission and strategy and have lasting impact on the lives of local people and our community. 

What’s in it for the volunteer?

Being a trustee can help you meet new people, learn new skills or use your existing skills in a different way. It can bring new challenges, but by being part of a team, as a trustee you will have the opportunity to help us overcome them

Before you apply

Please apply via Reach Volunteering in the first instance. Please send your CV and supporting statement indicating why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience would contribute to the board.

We shortlist and invite successful candidates to attend an initial informal meeting with the CEO to find out more about the organisation before a face-to-face interview with the CEO and Chair.